November 2, 2012 archive

Is the California Death Penalty Toast?


The newly renovated San Quentin Prison Death Chamber

AP Photo

Perhaps, or maybe the California Death Penalty will be abolished according to the latest California Field Poll.

With concern over the cost of capital punishment rising, California voters may be poised for a historic vote to abolish the state’s death penalty, a new Field Poll indicates.

Support for the measure, Proposition 34, remains below 50 percent. But the poll released this morning found 45 percent of likely voters favor replacing the punishment with life in prison, while 38 percent oppose doing away with capital punishment.

Another 17 percent say they remain undecided.

The latest survey shows support for abolishing the death penalty rising as Election Day nears. A Field Poll released in September found 42 percent in favor of the measure and 45 percent opposed, with 13 percent undecided at that time.

“It’s certainly an encouraging poll for the Proposition 34 supporters, but it still has a long way to go,” Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said. “It’s got to get above 50 percent, and it’s moving in the right direction.”

DiCamillo said many measures tend to lose support after voters take a closer look at the issues, but Proposition 34 “is actually gaining strength as voters learn more about it.”

Nahhhh, the California Death Penalty is going nowhere.

Former California Governor’s Deukmejian and Wilson just recently came out against Proposition 34.

Also, law enforcement will go to the radio over the weekend and remind voters what this proposition would do.

This is not to say that the election will be closer than the previous one in 1978.

But, not this election will the death penalty be abolished.

Here is the Field Poll graphic:

California Death Penalty Field Poll


AD-48: Why Would Roger Hernandez Resign?


Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Speaker Perez

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo

Frank Girardot, the editor of the Pasadena Star-News has a post up today touting California Speaker Perez’s support for Roger Hernandez and suggesting that Hernandez might resign if re-elected on Tuesday.

Clearly this most recent incident has turned some of Hernandez’s more ardent supporters into opponents. Among them is Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, who gathered a group of local women outside Hernandez’s office on Wednesday and urged him to step down.

“We have zero tolerance for such abhorrent behavior and demand his immediate resignation,” Garcia said, noting the allegations are “not new” to Hernandez. “It is high time he take responsibility for his intolerable actions.”

But the speaker will silently stand behind Hernandez.


Well actually the answer lies in the alternative. If Hernandez bows out and Gardner wins, a once sure Democrat seat goes to the GOP for the next two years.

If Hernandez can limp across the finish line – and then resign, Perez will have the opportunity to back a Democrat in a special election in 2013. Which is exactly what he should do.

Hernandez won’t be going any place if he wins on Tuesday.

I mean why should he?

Hernandez will be termed out eventually anyway and if he survives next Tuesday after facing his latest domestic abuse scandal and a not guilty verdict in a DUI trial what else could befall him?

The Democratic registration in his district and the demographics of a vast majority of Hispanic voters immunize him from a competitive election.

Speaker Perez could always strip him of his leadership position, but so what?

Roger Hernandez might actually have to be convicted of some sort of crime and be disqualified from office. Otherwise, he will keep his seat and representing his district in Sacramento.

Unless….. the voters say something else on Tuesday.


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